I think similar areas were covered in these two posts as well 80,000 Hours—how to read our advice and Thoughts on 80,000 Hours’ research that might help with job-search frustrations.
There was a Facebook post on top 10 concepts for people to know in EA.
Here are some of the suggestions.
Scale, Neglectedness and Solvability framework
I think some of the points in this 80,000 Hours article apply to EA in general
We’ve been wrong before, and we’ll be wrong again
Many of the questions we tackle are a matter of balance, and different people will benefit from considering opposing messages
Personal fit matters, so focus more on strategies than simple answers
There are disagreements within the community
Treat doing good as just one of many important goals in life
Also this one—Misconceptions of 80,000 Hours research (although maybe they wont be misconceptions if it is the first thing they read)
Roles outside explicitly EA organisations are most people’s best career options.
Sometimes these roles aren’t as visible to the community, including to 80,000 Hours, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t highly impactful.
Many especially impactful roles require specific skills. If none of these roles are currently a great fit for you, but one could be if you developed the right skills, it can be worth it to take substantial time to do so.
You should use 80,000 Hours to figure out what your best career is and how to get there, not what “the” best careers are.
I’d add in different ways of having impact and how they generally compare as people often ask about why EA doesn’t do much in one of the following; career, donations, volunteering, influence/voting and personal consumption
Also some articles that I’ve shared quite regularly with people newer to EA.
Why choose a cause and how to strategically choose a cause
6 tips on choosing an effective charity
Where I am donating this year
Effective altruism as question
One idea is for them to coordinate the global community of people in marketing/sales who are interested in EA.
Providing a point of entry for other marketers to see where the best places may be for them to work, what skills to build and what networks to join so that they can have more positive impact.
This may include a newsletter every few months highlighting job opportunities and examples of marketing for good, an online group(FB/Slack/etc) for people to swap ideas and potentially get mentorship.
I think that this is a good plan and it would be interesting to hear if there have been any updates in the last 4 months.
I agree with a lot of the other comments but one thing I haven’t noticed is how to provide value to the wider network of people in Germany who have an interest in EA but may not want to go to events or become heavily engaged.
I don’t have a complete list, but here are quite a few of the organisations that I subscribe to for updates.
Future of Life Institute
Future of Humanity Institute
Global Priorities Institute
Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
Global Catastrophic Risk Institute
Center for Security and Emerging Technology
Oxford Internet Institute
Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence
Alan Turing Institute
Cellular Agriculture UK
Animal Charity Evaluators
Good Food Institute
Animal Advocacy Careers
The Humane League
Farm Animal Welfare Newsletter from OPP
Wild Animal Institute
But Can They Suffer
The Life You Can Save
Devex International Development
Centre for Global Development
Global Innovation Fund
Wellcome Trust (also improving institutions)
International Initiative for Impact Evaluation
Innovations for Poverty Action
Copenhagen Consensus Centre
Charity Science Health
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative
Overseas Development Institute
Development Media International
Against Malaria Foundation
Happier Lives Institute
Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy
Centre for Excellence in Development and Learning
Our World in Data
Centre for Open Science
To Be Decided
UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
Effective Altruism Newsletter (by CEA, EA Hub and Rethink Charity)
80k Supporters Updates
Centre for Effective Altruism
Open Philanthropy Project
EA Groups Newsletter
The Center for Effective Philanthropy
Non Profit Chronicles
Matt’s Thoughts In Between—Founder of Entrepeneur First
I thought it was so that it tied in with EA Funds, which is something that made me think CEA was paying much more attention to donations, making a unified system that also allowed people to donate from one platform and automatically record donations.
Although I agree that repeated donations not being an option is quite annoying.
I used these images for a slide show a few years ago, the original source being this report by CEA (page 6).
That might be old data though, this is the most up to date version on JPALs website.
I don’t think addressing these questions in a handbook that’s meant to introduce EA would be that useful as most of them require much more in depth reading than a few paragraphs would allow.
It may make more sense to have an FAQ for these typical questions or to say that lots of areas within EA are still being discussed, and then list the questions.
I think this is a really good comment and probably should be it’s own post.
A minor point, I would say that giving to the Against Malaria Foundation may not on it’s own be systemic change, but if enough people keep on giving to charities that are evaluated on their impact, it could change individual giving as a system, as charities respond to these new incentives.
A two stage strategy might be best, outreach for the first week, then core community the rest of the semester.
It may be that getting lots of email sign ups can be okay to then pass on 80,000 Hours material, the first few events and 1-1 sign up. I’ve heard from quite a few people that they first heard of EA at a university fair and kept on getting the 80,000 Hours emails and then got much more involved once they started working 3-5 years later.
After focusing on outreach for the first week, I agree it probably makes sense to focus on the core 5-30 people who are actually interested in EA rather than trying to put on events for the wider student audience that signed up to everything but wont really come to anything.
If there is a situation where someone is really interested but it’s hectic, I would put a note by their name to remember to reach out to them individually rather than prioritising the 5 minute conversation.
1. Most of my time will be spent doing similar things to last year, although I’ve only been working full time for 9 months. I think innovation, at least for me, happens over time rather than as a one off process, with ideas being formed and then being tested to see what people like. One recent example is the community spotlight, which was an idea a few weeks ago and now has become a regular post.
In terms of taking EA to the next level, there isn’t a plan to grow or hire more people but rather coordinate and support nascent organisations in London that can start doing other work and grow independently.
2. I will have a look
There is a Facebook group and a small page on the website.
It’s not that I don’t want people to upskill, it’s that I think it’s best done by people who have experience in that area, whether that is via a course or workshop.
In terms of getting people to meet in person, I agree that certain talks/workshops/themes can help attract different people, but the best outcomes from that aren’t usually what people learn, but the connections they make, and designing a workshop just to drive attendance may not be the most efficient way of getting people to attend.
I agree with everything you said, I guess those three points aren’t things that I think about often but might make sense to update the document to better reflect that.
I may have missed this but does the $10 billion spent on peace building programs in 2016 include spending by governments, or is that just foundations?
I’m not sure that’s roughly true, EA priorities also have to be neglected, generally the most effective interventions are already taken by governments and large organisations.